By Marianne Apfelbaum
Clinton Norris passed away on Sunday, May 12 after sustaining injuries in an ATV accident near his home in Hinesburg.
The 16-year-old was found unconscious on Buck Hill Road West on Saturday by his father, who notified emergency responders at 4:32 a.m. He was treated at the scene and taken by St. Michael’s Rescue to Fletcher Allen Health Care, where he passed away on Sunday morning, according to Hinesburg Police Chief Frank Koss.
Police are investigating the 24 hours prior to the accident, and an autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death, Koss said, noting that Norris had sustained a head injury. There was no indication that anyone was with Norris at the time of the accident, and no helmet was found at the scene, according to Koss.
Norris was a sophomore at Champlain Valley Union High School in Nichols House. Jeff Evans, Nichols House director, said that in talking with Norris’ teachers and friends, two common themes emerged. “He was adept at making people smile, very clever (and, secondly) he transcended typical friend groups and had the ability to be friends with lot of different types of students.”
Evans said CVU counselors have been meeting with Norris’ friends and are checking in constantly with teachers and administrators to be responsive to students’ needs during this difficult time.
“The loss is impossible to quantify…there are no words to aptly describe the emotions or the pain,” he said.
Norris worked at Lantman’s Best Yet Market in Hinesburg as a stock person and store clerk for the past year. “He was a very good employee…was enjoying life and very active outside with motorcycles and such. It’s a tragedy he died doing something he enjoyed,” said Lantman’s owner Brian Busier. “I’m going to miss the young man.”
Norris’ obituary notes his deep bond with his sister. “His sister, Natalie, could not once resist laughing at her brother’s antics, usually followed by an eye roll or chasing him with a garden hose. The loyalty between Clint and Natalie was always strong and heartfelt.”
A celebration of Norris’ life will be held on Thursday, May 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Old Lantern in Charlotte. Contributions in his memory may be made to the following organizations: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 114 Perimeter Rd., Unit G&H, Nashua, NH 03063; Kid’s Rehab Gym, Colchester (tax free donations) www.kidsrehabgym.com; or Center For Donation & Transplant, 218 Great Oaks Blvd., Albany, NY 12203, 518-262-5606 or 800-256-7811.